Instructions to Authors

Turkish Journal of Intensive Care is the periodical of the Turkish Society of Intensive Care. The journal is an independent, peer-reviewed international, published quarterly in April, August, December.

Submitted manuscripts to Turkish Journal of Intensive Care are subjected for double-blind peer-review. The journal publishes articles in Turkish and English languages.

The abbreviation of the Turkish Journal of Intensive Care is “Turk J Intense Care”. It should be denoted as it when referenced.

It publishes original experimental and clinical researches, case reports, invited reviews, editorial comments, letters to editor on topics related to intensive care, and poster abstracts presented in national intensive care congresses/meetings. The scientific board guiding the selection of the papers to be published in the journal consists of elected experts of the journal and if necessary, selected from national and international authorities.

Turkish Language Institution dictionary and orthography guide should be taken as basic for literary language for Turkish manuscripts.

Submission of Manuscripts

Turkish Journal of Intensive Care does not charge any article submission or processing charges.

Manuscripts can only be submitted electronically through the web site after creating an account. This system allows online submission and review.

The manuscripts are archived according to International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), Index Medicus (Medline/PubMed) and Ulakbim-Turkish Medicine Index rules. Rejected manuscripts, except artwork are not returned.

In clinical trials in which the approval ethics committee is prerequisite, the certificate of approval (including approval number) will be requested by the editor/assistant editors.

The authors should guarantee that their manuscript has not been published and/or is under consideration for publication in any other periodical. Only those data presented at scientific meetings in form of abstracts that does not exceed 200 words could be accepted for consideration if notification of the scientific conference is made. The signed statement of scientific contributions and responsibilities of all authors, and statement on the absence of conflict of interests are required.

Patients have a right to privacy. Identifying information, including the patients' names should not be published in written descriptions, and photographs, unless the information is scientifically essential and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication.

Identifying the patient details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, covering eyes with a band in the photographs is not sufficient to ensure confidentiality.

Authors should indicate in manuscript that the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1964, revised 2013. In experimental animal studies the authors should indicate that the procedures followed were in accordance with animal rights (Guide for the care and use of laboratory animals. and obtain animal ethics committee approval. The approval of the ethics committee and the fact that informed consent was given by the patients should be indicated in the Materials and Methods section.

The scientific and ethical liability of the manuscripts belongs to the authors and the copyright of the manuscripts belongs to the Turkish Journal of Intensive Care. Authors are responsible for the contents of the manuscript and accuracy of the references. All manuscripts submitted for publication must be accompanied by the Copyright Transfer Form. Once this form, signed by all the authors, has been submitted, it is understood that neither the manuscript nor the data it contains have been submitted elsewhere or previously published and authors declare the statement of scientific contributions and responsibilities of all authors.

The Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to the Turkish Journal of Intensive Care are screened for plagiarism using the CrossRef Similarity Check powered by ‘iThenticate’ software. Results indicating plagiarism may result in manuscripts being returned or rejected.

All manuscripts are reviewed by editor, related associate editor and at least two experts/referees. The authors of the accepted manuscript for publication should be in consent of that the editor and the associate editors can make corrections without changing the main text of the paper.

Manuscripts format should be in accordance with Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (available at

In case of any suspicion or claim regarding scientific shortcomings or ethical infringement, the Journal reserves the right to submit the manuscript to the supporting institutions or other authorities for investigation. The Journal accepts the responsibility of initiating action but does not undertake any responsibility for an actual investigation or any power of decision.

The Editorial Policies and General Guidelines for manuscript preparation specified below are based on “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations)” by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (2013, archived at

Preparation of research articles, systematic reviews and meta-analyses must comply with study design guidelines:

CONSORT statement for randomized controlled trials (Moher D, Schultz KF, Altman D, for the CONSORT Group. The CONSORT statement revised recommendations for improving the quality of reports of parallel group randomized trials. JAMA 2001; 285: 1987-91) (;

PRISMA statement of preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (Moher D, Liberati A, Tetzlaff J, Altman DG, The PRISMA Group. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: The PRISMA Statement. PLoS Med 2009; 6(7): e1000097.) (;

STARD checklist for the reporting of studies of diagnostic accuracy (Bossuyt PM, Reitsma JB, Bruns DE, Gatsonis CA, Glasziou PP, Irwig LM, et al., for the STARD Group. Towards complete and accurate reporting of studies of diagnostic accuracy: the STARD initiative. Ann Intern Med 2003;138:40-4.) (;

STROBE statement, a checklist of items that should be included in reports of observational studies (;

MOOSE guidelines for meta-analysis and systemic reviews of observational studies (Stroup DF, Berlin JA, Morton SC, et al. Meta-analysis of observational studies in epidemiology: a proposal for reporting Meta-analysis of observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE) group. JAMA 2000; 283: 2008-12).


Original Researches

Manuscript should not exceed 5000 words. All pages of manuscript should be numbered at right top corner except the title page. In order to be comprehensible, papers should include sufficient number of tables and figures.

The style for title page, references, figures and tables should be unique for all kind of articles published in this journal.

1) Title Page (Page 1)

This page should include the titles of the manuscript, knowledge about author(s), key words and running titles.

English title should take place for every article in the title page. Likely, Turkish title should be mentioned for articles in foreign language.

Turkish and English key words and running titles should also be included in the title page.

The names and full postal addresses (including institutions addresses) of authors and the author to whom correspondence is to be addressed should be indicated separately. Especially as e-mail addresses will be used for communication, e-mail address of the corresponding author should be stated. In addition, telephone and fax numbers must be notified.

If the content of the paper has been presented before, the time and place of the conference should be denoted.

If there are any grants and other financial supports by any institutions or firms for the study, information must be provided by the authors.

2) Summary (Page 2)

In the second page, Turkish and English summaries of the manuscript (maximum 200 words for each), and the key words should take place.

The summary consists of the following sections separately: Objective, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusion. Separate sections are not used in the summaries for the review articles, case reports and educational articles. For these articles, the summaries should not exceed 200 words and briefly present the scope and aims of the study, describe the salient findings and give the conclusions.

The references should not be cited in the summary section. As far as possible, use of abbreviations are to be avoided. If any abbreviations are used, they must be taken into consideration independently of the abbreviations used in the text.

3) Text (According to the length of the summaries Page 3 or 4 and etc.)

The typical main headings of the text are as follows: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion.

The introduction, part should include the rationale for investigation and the background of the present study. Results of the present study should not be discussed in introduction part. Materials and methods section should be presented in sufficient detail to permit the repetition of the work. The statistical tests used should be stated.

Results should also be given in detail to allow the reproduction of the study.

Discussion section should provide a thorough interpretation of the results. It is recommended that citations should be restricted to those which relate to the findings of the authors.

Acknowledgements should be as brief as possible. Any technical or financial support or editorial contributions (statistical analysis, English/Turkish evaluation) towards the study should appear at the end of the article.

The excessive use of abbreviations is to be avoided. All abbreviations should be defined when first used by placing them in brackets after the full term. Abbreviations made in the abstract and text are separately taken into consideration. Abbreviations of the full terms that are made in the abstract must be re-abbreviated after the same full term in the text.

4) References

Accuracy of reference data is the author's responsibility. References should be numbered according to the consecutive citation in the text. References should be indicated by parenthesis in the text.

Personal communications, unpublished observations, and submitted manuscripts must be cited in the text as "(name(s), unpublished data, 19...)".

The reference list should be typed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript and if there are more than 6 authors, the rest should be written as ‘et al’ or ‘ve ark.’ Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the style used in the Index Medicus. All the references should be written according to the Vancouver system as follows:

a) Standard Journal Article: Intiso D, Santilli V, Grasso MG, Rossi R, Caruso I. Rehabilitation of walking with electromyographic biofeedback in foot-drop after stroke. Stroke 1994;25:1189-92.
b) Book: Getzen TE. Health economics: fundamentals of funds. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1997.
c) Chapter of a Book: Porter RJ, Meldrum BS. Antiepileptic drugs. In: Katzung BG, editor. Basic and clinical pharmacology, 6th ed. Norwalk, CN: Appleton and Lange; 1995. p. 361-80.
If more than one editor: editors.
d) Conference Papers: Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Reinhoff O, editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Holland; 1992. p. 1561-5.
e) Journal on the Internet (e-Publishing): Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious disease. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online] 1995 1(1):[24 screens]. Available from:s URL: http://www/cdc/gov/ncidoc/EID/eid.htm. Accessed December 25, 1999.
f) Thesis: Kaplan SI. Post-hospital home health care: the elderly access and utilization (thesis). St. Louis (MO): Washington Univ; 1995.

5) Tables, Graphics, Figures, and Pictures

All tables, graphics or figures should be presented on a separate sheet. All should be numbered consecutively and a brief descriptive caption should be given. Used abbreviations should be explained further in the figure’s legend. Especially, the text of tables should be easily understandable and should not repeat the data of the main text. Illustrations that already published are acceptable if supplied by permission of authors for publication. Photographs should be printed on glossy paper. Figures should be done professionally and no gray colors be used.

Special Parts

1) Reviews: The reviews within the scope of the journal will be taken into consideration by the editors; also the editors may solicit a review related with the scope of the journal from any authorized person in the field.
2) Case Reports: Case reports should present important and unique clinical experience. It consists of the following parts: Introduction, case, discussion.
3) Letters to the Editor: Views about articles published in this journal. The editor invites responses to letters as appropriate. Letters may be shortened or edited. There are no separate sections in the text.

Address for Correspondence
All correspondences can be done to the following postal address or to the following e-mail address, where the journal editorial resides:
Türk Yoğun Bakım Derneği
Address: İnönü Cad. Işık Apt. No: 53 Kat: 4, 34437 İstanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 292 92 70
Fax: +90 212 292 92 71
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